In the Hall of Fame Game on August 4, the Cowboys ran the ball 34 times for 170 yards and committed no turnovers.
That’s a distant memory after this afternoon’s performance against the Arizona Cardinals.
16 rushing attempts.
Granted, three turnovers were interceptions thrown by backup quarterbacks Kyle Orton and Alex Tanney.
Others were fumbles by Dez Bryant, Lance Dunbar, and Dwayne Harris. Those fumbles present more of a concern because all three will likely handle the ball this season.
Bryant otherwise looked like a top-flight receiver once again, catching 4 passes for 74 yards. Dunbar also looked like a good option out of the backfield.
In fact, his fumble came at the end of a 43-yard reception that would have given the Cowboys the ball inside the Arizona 10.
Tony Romo completed 7 of 10 passes for 142 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. However, he missed a wide-open Terrance Williams on what looked like a sure touchdown.
Romo’s immediate replacement, Orton, was awful, completing just 4 of 8 passes for 36 yards with 2 picks.
The Cowboys’ lone touchdown came in the fourth quarter when Tanney hit tight end Gavin Escobar on a five-yard pass.
Tanney also had two chances to lead the team to a game-winning touchdown. The first drive started with 5:07 remaining, but the Cowboys went nowhere. On the last drive, Tanney drove the Cowboys into Arizona territory, but with Dallas needing a touchdown to win, Tanney threw a pass picked off by rookie Tony Jefferson.
The Cowboys host the Cincinnati Bengals on August 24.